LIFE + STYLE BLOG

Friday, March 30, 2012

I'm Off

Literally. I'm off work and headed to this lovely city for the day in hopes of finding a rehearsal dinner dress, and the rest of my lovely bridesmaids presents.

Wish me luck and happy Friday!!!
Thursday, March 29, 2012

White Chicken Enchiladas

Do you think cookbook authors all over the world are cursing Pinterest? Here's yet another recipe I found here via Pinterest.

What You Need:
-4 large burrito sized tortillas or 8-10 smaller taco sized tortillas 
-2 cups chicken (add more or less depending on how "meaty" you like them)
-2 cups shredded Monterrey Jack cheese
-3 Tbsp. butter
-3 Tbsp. flour
-2 cups chicken broth
-1 cup sour cream
-1 (4 oz) can diced green chilies (I skipped these because I didn't have any, but I think it would have added that extra umph)

What to Do:
1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 x 13 pan
2. Cook chicken and dice or shred. 
3. Mix chicken and 1 cup cheese. Roll up in the tortillas and place seem side down in the pan. I used already cooked and seasoned chicken, but if I had used plain chicken I would add some taco seasoning.

4. In a sauce pan, melt butter then stir in the flour and cook for 1 minute. Add broth and whisk until smooth. Heat over medium heat until thick and bubbly.  

5. Stir in the sour cream and chilies. Do not bring to a boil. You don't want curdled sour cream.
*The cold sour cream will form clumps when it hits the warm mixture. Whisk them out to the best of your ability. Mine still had some but they melted once baked.

6. Pour the sauce over the enchiladas and top with remaining cheese.

  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes for until cheese is browned and bubbly. 


This recipe turned out way better than I expected. The sour cream sauce turns into a velvety, cheesy  sauce. Both J and Ben woofed them down so it's definitely a keeper although next time I will make sure to pick up some peppers at the store for that extra kick.
Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Weekend Recap

Yes, I realize it's Wednesday and I am just now getting around to posting about our weekend.

I painted my nails this fun Spring color. It's Loreal's Boozy Bunch. This is the first Loreal nail polish I've ever tried and I have to say not only is the color beautiful but it's still going strong 5 days later. 

After church on Sunday we went to lunch and ate outside. The weather was so beautiful!

Little man also tried on his tux for the wedding and he couldn't have been less thrilled.

Luckily a little time outside was all he needed to cheer right up.

One benefit of living on a cul-de-sac is that it's perfect for bike riding.

And here are two OOTDs from this weekend.
Top: Old Navy; Skirt: Maurices;  Shoes: Marshalls; Bracelet: No idea, have had it forevah

Top: Banana Republic; Jeans: Gap Skinnies; Shoes: Target; Bracelet: Banana Republic
Friday, March 23, 2012

What I'm Loving Lately

I'm loving reading the 3rd and final book, Mockingjay, on my Ipad. I said I would never give up paper books but reading on a tablet really is so much better.

I'm loving that my wedding dress and vail are now safe at my parent's house until the big day.

I'm loving these chicken breasts we've recently started buying. They are organic and each breast comes individually packaged and sealed.

I'm loving these new flats I picked up from Target. Although they are really uncomfortable.

I'm loving that in 43 days I finally get to marry this guy.

Happy Friday Friends!
Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Holy Hunger Games

Y'all. I cannot wait to see the Hunger Games.

It took me a little longer than others to get into this book series. They were so hyped up that I was afraid I would be disappointed and I'm so glad I wasn't. After finishing the first book, I waited about a week or so before I bought the second one, Catching Fire.

I bought Catching Fire last Saturday afternoon and by Sunday afternoon I had finished it.

Now on to the last one, Mockingjay.

What will I do when I finish this one? Have you read anything that's just as good?
Monday, March 19, 2012

St. Patrick's Day Weekend

Our St. Patrick's Day weekend was the perfect mix of getting things done and relaxation. This is one of the first weekends in a while that didn't seem to fly by.

On Friday Ben had a party at school. We switched pre-schools last Summer and it was the best decision we could have ever made. He loves it, the school always does fun activities, they have class parties for every "holiday" and almost all the parents come to them. 

His St. Patty's outfit, complete with socks and all.

I made these mini shamrock brownie bites to bring to the party.

That night our town turned on one their big outside fountains. They had a folk band, clowns, balloons, and bubbles. J had to finish some work so my parents went with Ben and I.

Before

After

Saturday morning we woke up bright and early and I ran in the Shamrock 5k.

Ben was my cheerleader and just like when I ran my 1/2 marathon he screamed, "Go momma, go!" as I came into the finish.

That afternoon, a tiny little green man scurried about our house. He peed in the toilet, turned the water green, and helped himself to some milk and lucky charms, before leaving a few gold coins and running off.

He also left his picture on our cereal box, that sneaky little leprechaun.

The weekend ended with this rainbow Sunday morning. Now if only I could have figured out where that pot of gold was.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

DIY Pepper Shamrock Stamps

Happy St. Patty's day friends. Hope you all are enjoying the weekend and wearing your green. If you're looking for a last minute craft then this for you. This was my inspiration for this little craft.

What You Need:
-Green Pepper
-Green paint
-Paper

What to Do:
1. When picking your pepper, start with one that has a shamrock looking base.

2. Cut off the bottom of the pepper.

3. Paint the outline of the pepper using green paint and try to hold off the impatient toddler.

4. Press the pepper on the paper.

Our stamp didn't look quite like a shamrock, but once we drew in the lines it was much better.

And if all else fails, paint your thumbs.